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Songwriting

Express Yourself

Our program addresses this craft on many levels from beginners to folks who have approached this art form for years. Our teachers are skilled, experienced, and full of inspiration.

Why bother writing songs?
Creative expression is good for you and good for the universe. Expressing yourself musically and searching for your truths and motivations makes you a more compassionate person and pours positive energy back into the universe.

New to songwriting? Songwriting: Fundamentals is a great place to start.

Continuing Music Theory

Intermediate

This class is offered on a rotating basis with Beginning Music Theory If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Songwriting: Fundamentals

Beginner

Monday or Sunday with Charles Kim or Deanna Devore

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Own the keys that will unlock the songs within you.

Location: Online or Lincoln Park - Armitage Ave

Songwriting: Continuing Work

Intermediate

Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday with Charles Kim or Steve Dawson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Expand the range of your self-expression through songs.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus or Online

Finish Your Damn Songs!

Intermediate

Tuesday with Steve Dawson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Get motivated and achieve fruition.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Beginning Music Theory

Beginner

Monday with Catherine Norden

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Learn the fundamentals for any instrument or singer.

Location: Online

Songwriter's Circle with Daniel Connolly

WorkshopOpen to All

Wednesday with Daniel Connolly

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $12 ($10 members)

Give and get feedback on original music.

Location: Online

Home Recording Studio for Singer-Songwriters

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

An Introduction to Sync Licensing with What Up Pitches

WorkshopIntermediate

Saturday with Celia Rose

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $$30 ($25 members)

Get the lowdown on how it's done.

Location: Online

Pop & Rock Songwriting Tricks

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with Nikki O'Neill

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($23 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Songwriting for the Non-Songwriting Guitarist

BeginnerNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $214 ($194 members)

Songwriting: New Strategies

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Songwriting: Simple Arrangements

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Charles Kim

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Location: Online

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.


8-week Session Prices

$296 for 30 minutes ($286 for members)

$424 for 45 minutes ($409 for members)

$544 for 60 minutes ($524 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 08/30/2021 – 10/24/2021

Monday 07/12/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 07/26/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 07/28/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 10/25/2021 – 12/19/2021

Monday 09/20/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/04/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/06/21: Open registration


Teachers

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Liz Chidester »
Ukulele, Wiggleworms Program, Voice, Piano, Guitar, School Partnerships

Steve Dawson »
Guitar, Songwriting

Sue Demel »
Songwriting, Voice

Deanna Devore »
Guitar, Songwriting

Charles Kim »
Bass, Composition, Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele (including Baritone), Mandolin

Shelley Miller »
Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele

Jacob Sweet »
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele